There is no single element that makes Chez Piggy so popular. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, yet the experience is also reminiscent of many fine dining establishments. The restaurant is tucked away in a vine spangled courtyard, and the building is actually a renovated limestone stable. There is a patio, a long bar, and an upstairs dining area. It’s perfect for an intimate evening for 2, or even a large family dinner. Just keep in mind that this food is not fast, so if you have very young, or very picky eaters, then Chez Piggy is probably not for you.
The menu is impressive, offering choices that are both inspired and unpretentious. Their venison and scallop dishes are fan favorites, as is their fresh baked bread, which is made in their very own bakery Pan Chancho, located just a few steps away from the restaurant. All their dips, dressings and sauces are sensational and homemade. They also boast a wine list that exceeds a connoisseur’s dream.
There are plenty of Kingston restaurants to choose from with very similar styles to Chezy Piggy, giving you plenty of choice when you venture away from the Inn and into downtown kingston.
Their Korean Style Pork Back Ribs and Smoked Salmon & Blue Potato Salad are popular picks with lunch guests. They offer a Sunday brunch featuring delicious dishes like Wild Blueberry Pancakes with Lemon Whipped Cream and Crab Fritters with Pineapple Salsa Cruda. Brunch is held from 10am – 2pm every Sunday. Lunch is served Monday – Saturday, 11:30am – 2:30pm. Dinner begins 5:30pm – 10pm, Monday – Saturday, and 5pm – 9pm on Sunday.
The pricing isn’t as steep as you’d find at traditional fine dining restaurants, where the average price of a main course can run as much $60. This said, it isn’t cheap. For example, the most expensive dinner main is the Shallot Pepper Marinated Ostrich Loin, which comes it at $35, and the least expensive is Pollo Mojito, which is $28.
Chez Piggy was opened in 1979. Since then it has been attracting people from all over the world, as well longstanding local regulars. The restaurant is conveniently located just off Kingston’s main street, Princess, and is surrounded by other renovated 19th century stores and eateries.
As far as restaurants in Kingston go, this is one of the few where you’ll enjoy this mixture of both casual and fine dining. Reservations can be made by telephone only, so call if you are interested in dining. (613) 549-7673.